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USDA NRCS taking applications for conservation program

Molly Voeller
(907) 761-7749

Conservation problems get addressed through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

Palmer, Mar. 29, 2018 – Do you have land with a conservation problem? The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service can help you find solutions. Alaska agricultural producers and forestry managers who want to address natural resources and increase environmental benefits are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The second batch of applications for EQIP will be accepted through Friday, May 11.

The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help landowners voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns related to water quality, grazing land health, soil erosion and quality, and wildlife habitat.

Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application acceptance or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications. Contracts will be awarded to producers with the highest rankings until funds are exhausted.

“NRCS in Alaska is committed to working with landowners to improve and protect lands through Farm Bill conservation programs,” said Amanda Crowe, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, “This conservation investment boosts agriculture production, improves environmental health and supports a sustainable economy in Alaska communities.”

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, contact an NRCS Office - Fairbanks: (907) 479-3159, Kenai: (907) 283-8732, Wasilla: (907) 373-6492, Delta Junction office: (907) 859-4241, Homer: (907) 235-8177, and Juneau: (907) 586-7220 or visit  

NRCS employees provide technical assistance based on both sound science and the specific needs of landowners. NRCS provides financial assistance for conservation activities to protect soil, water and related natural resources. Participation in programs is voluntary and non-regulatory.